The Climbing Hangar continues on its route to success with further NVM investment

NVM Private Equity (NVM) has invested a further £3 million of growth capital into leading indoor climbing business The Climbing Hangar (TCH) taking their total investment to £6 million. The investment comes as the company completed its best ever trading year, achieving over 150% revenue growth and announcing the opening of the fifth Hangar in South Liverpool. The additional funds will facilitate the continued site roll-out and ongoing investment in infrastructure and personnel.

Indoor climbing is a growing sport that blends socialising with health and fitness and TCH aims to provide access to its superior facilities at an affordable cost, catering for a growing community of highly engaged climbing enthusiasts and novices alike. Since the initial investment by NVM in 2018 TCH has expanded to four locations; with Hangar sites in Liverpool, London, Swansea and Plymouth, employing over 85 people and welcoming over 16,000 climbers through the doors every month. All the sites offer a friendly, sociable atmosphere with climbers fuelled by locally sourced food and drink from on-site cafés. Alongside CEO, Ged MacDomhnaill and Chairman Paul Gilbert, the business has added Financial Director, Hannah Heywood and Operations Director, Rob Carlson to its executive ranks.

With indoor climbing set to make its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games interest in the market is expected to soar. TCH hopes to cater for an anticipated generation of serial climbers by offering market-leading coaching and classes. The company has long sponsored two times Bouldering World Champion, Shauna Coxsey MBE, providing a platform for national and international publicity.

Ged MacDomhnaill , Founder and CEO of The Climbing Hangar, said: “These are amazing times to be growing a climbing business as the sport has so much to offer everyone from social climbers, to families, to the elite athlete.  The journey would not be possible without NVM’s backing in both investment and cultural terms – they understand that growth in this sector is not just flags in maps but creating something that connects people and brings value to their lives.  That’s what has made the partnership with NVM so successful. More Hangars coming soon.

NVM Investment Director, Liam May commented We have been hugely impressed by Ged and the rest of the team since our original investment; the company has developed a bold vision for indoor climbing and we’re delighted to be part of the journey. The business has delivered an exceptional performance in 2018 and 2019 and NVM are excited to support The Climbing Hangar as it continues to revolutionise the indoor climbing market.”

The investment was led for NVM by Liam May and Carmine Circelli.

The advisors to the transaction were:

For NVM: Kieran Toal, James Skivington and Charlotte Hunt (Pinsent Masons)

For The Climbing Hangar: Matt Noon and Elizabeth Jones (Hill Dickinson)

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